Latvia Visas, Work Permits and Migration
With low costs in administration, labor and tax, attractive business incentives, and a high work-life balance, Latvia is an appealing business expansion option for foreign companies, entrepreneurs, and workers. Latvian visa and permit regulations require expert guidance as they vary according to the zones foreign nationals reside in the European Union, the European Economic Area, and outside zones are all affected by these regulation
What Types of Work Visas, and Permits for Latvia are there?
There are 3 types of Visas that one may apply for to enter Latvia:
- Schengen Visa (Short-Stay Visa C) – Individuals who wish to enter Latvia for short-term purposes (90 days within a 6-month period) must apply for a Schengen Visa, except in cases where visa-free administration can be applied (depending on the country). A foreigner who holds a short-stay visa may travel through the Republic of Latvia or any other Schengen states, and may stay in Latvia for not more than 3 months in a 6-month period.
- Schengen Transit Visa (A) – entitles a person to stay in the transit area of an international airport in Latvia, during a stopover or change of aircraft.
- Long-Stay Visa (Type D): Individuals who wish to enter and stay in the country for a longer period (max. 1 year). One may also travel to other EU/EEA states with this Visa type. This visa type is necessary for those that wish to acquire work and residence permits in Latvia.
All three visas can be single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry